David Moore called it just another step in the journey. But it was a pretty big step.
Moore got Seton Catholic going in the first half, and Brady Angelo and Teagan Petracca added second-half goals as the Cougars rolled past previously unbeaten Elma 3-0 to capture the 1A boys soccer district championship.
“At the start of the season, we said ‘win league, districts and state,’ “ Moore said. “We checked off league. We’ve checked off districts. State is next.”
Led by Moore, the Cougars’ senior standout, Seton Catholic had big aspirations starting the season. But then the Cougars got a dose of hard reality when the opened the season with a 5-1 loss to Bush of Seattle.
But Moore said the Cougars’ 3-3 tie against Seattle Academy on April 30 showed how much the Cougars have grown this season.
“Our first game against Bush, we didn’t perform very well,” Moore said. “But our game with Seattle Academy, we bounced back. And that gave us a lot of confidence that we can play with anybody.”
The Seattle Academy game was the last time the Cougars allowed a goal. They are 5-0 in May, winning by a combined margin of 30-0.
“Our backline is really good,” Seton Catholic coach Antonio Buckley said. “Not only are they really good at defending, they’re good with the ball. And so when they do get it, they make great decisions, and that allows us to play out. We know that we can score goals, but I know it will also be difficult for other teams to score goals. And I know that Elma scored like 80 goals this season.”
Seton Catholic went on the attack, creating a corner kick in the first minute of play. Moore got the Cougars on the board with his goal in 20th minute.
Elijah Wall fed Angelo with a beautiful cross in the 50th minute to give Seton a 2-0 lead. Petracca, a freshman, capped the scoring with his goal from 30 yards out in the 65th minute.
Normally a district title ensures a home match to open the state playoffs.
But with the bracket being seeded this spring, that is not a sure thing for Seton, but the Cougars are hopeful they get that chance to host when pairings are announced on Sunday.
“That would be huge,” senior defender Kaegan Young-Byle said. “We know the fans are going to be there. It would be a great environment.”